If tooth decay is not severe and has not infected the pulp and root of the tooth, eliminating decay and filling the tooth can often resolve the pain.
At Enhanced Smiles, we use white or tooth-colored fillings to repair your teeth. Using a composite material, these fillings match the color of your natural tooth for an effective yet discreet restoration. The composite material used is applied to the cleansed tooth and shaped to fit your bite. Once in place the material is hardened using a blue light and bonds to your tooth.
Composite Resins And Porcelain Replaces Old and Unsightly Fillings
Newer kinds of fillings made from composite resins and porcelain can restore unsightly fillings; many people are surprised how natural these kinds of filling materials can make a tooth once covered by the old-fashioned silver amalgams.
Your comfort is paramount to us, so we use general aesthetic to eliminate pain by numbing the area. Dental fillings can be placed in one-visit and are extremely durable.
METHODS PATIENTS CAN USE TO PREVENT CAVITIES
At this point, you've most certainly realized that it is smarter (and cheaper) to prevent cavities to begin with. Even though no one is fully immune from getting cavities, there are multiple things everyone can do to maintain our teeth:
- FLOSS EACH DAY
Cavities can develop between the teeth and against your gumline. That's why it's critical that you floss at least once every day. Flossing gets rid of the food particles stuck in your teeth and helps to stimulate circulation in your gum tissue. During your next dental cleaning, ask your dentist or someone on his or her team to demonstrate the best flossing technique to ensure that you get the maximum benefits from your oral hygiene routine.
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- PREVENTIVE OPTIONS
If you are predisposed to getting cavities or merely want to be more on top of avoiding them, you might ask your dental practitioner about recommendations for preventive care. While they are typically suggested for younger patients, dental sealants and professional fluoride treatments can also be effective choices for certain adults. Dental sealants are a transparent, malleable material that is applied to the molars to help stop pit and fissure cavities from developing in the rough top surfaces of the premolars and molars. Professional fluoride treatments assist in strengthening the enamel and preventing cavities. Usually, molar sealants and fluoride treatments are just covered by dental insurance for child patients; however, it's a smart investment for adults who want to prevent developing cavities.
- SCHEDULE PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS TWO TIMES A YEAR
A sufficient home oral care system is quite important in avoiding cavities but going in for professional cleanings at least twice yearly at a dentist's office is also essential. At your professional cleaning, a dental hygienist will skillfully scale your teeth to clean away any areas of accumulated plaque and tartar beneath the gumline. For those who brush and floss the recommended amount, there will probably be very little accumulation, though many patients will have a small amount, typically along the gumline or in areas that are tough to get to, for example, the molars. Having twice yearly cleanings at your dentist will assist in the removal of buildup before it turns into an area of decay. You may also request your dental practitioner to show you where he or she cleared away the most plaque and tartar so you can focus on these spots more closely when you clean your teeth at home.
- CLEAN YOUR TEETH AFTER EVERY MEAL
Brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste at least two times per day or after every meal is one of the most valuable things you can do to ward off cavities. The most effective times to brush your teeth are after you eat breakfast and again after your evening meal. This habit will help with eliminating food debris and bacteria before they start to develop into a cavity. While it's often not feasible to brush after having lunch, you could still rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
A MODERN DENTAL TREATMENT FOR CAVITIES
If you eventually develop a cavity, it's important to get it treated right away with a tooth-colored filling at Enhanced Smiles. If you are searching for a reputable dentist who performs innovative treatments like composite resin fillings, schedule an appointment at Enhanced Smiles. Our remarkable group of dental professionals can work with everyone for any existing concerns, help them prevent future issues, and keep their teeth beautiful.